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  • ‘Miseducation’: HEPI’s decolonisation report, one year on

    27 July 2021 by Mia Liyanage

    This blog was kindly contributed by Mia Liyanage, the author of our HEPI Debate Paper 23, Miseducation: decolonising curricula, culture and pedagogy in UK universities. Mia is a decolonisation advocate and the former Co-Chair of Common Ground Oxford, a student movement challenging racism, classism and the legacy of colonialism in…

  • It’s time to completely rethink how we fund specialist institutions

    26 July 2021 by Paul Kirkham

    This blog was kindly contributed by Paul Kirkham, Chief Executive of The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Last week, the Office for Students confirmed changes to how it will distribute funding to universities and colleges for 2021-22. This follows consultation and new terms and conditions received from the Secretary of…

  • Five UCAS insights ahead of a single UK Results Day in 2021

    24 July 2021 by Clare Marchant

    Clare Marchant, the Chief Executive of UCAS, outlines five insights on what is on the minds of students and university decision makers before results land. Next week, HEPI will be hosting a free online an In Conversation session with Clare – book here. Tuesday, 10th August 2021 marks the first…

  • The Purpose of Education

    23 July 2021 by Brendan Coulson

    This blog was kindly contributed by Brendan Coulson, Education Project Start-Up Lead at Nottingham Trent University. The purpose of education is a widely debated topic across the education system. The Education Secretary stated at the HEPI Annual conference that: We must never forget that the purpose of education is to…

  • Welcome to our two millionth visitor

    22 July 2021 by Nick Hillman

    Today, the HEPI website will receive its two millionth hit since the start of 2015. It took us almost five years, from January 2015 to November 2019, to score the first million but it has taken only 20 months, or less than two years, to hit the second million. This…

  • Scottish universities: stranded between union and devolution

    21 July 2021 by Peter Scott

    This blog was kindly contributed by Peter Scott, Professor of Higher Education Studies at the UCL Institute of Education. At the level of high (low?) politics the three-centuries union of England and Scotland still endures – despite Brexit and Scotland’s enforced departure from the European Union and despite the Scottish…

  • Marking schemes – does inclusive practice lead to a ‘standards’ problem?

    20 July 2021 by Helena Gillespie

    This blog was kindly contributed by Helena Gillespie, Professor of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of East Anglia. You can find Helena on Twitter @helenauea @uniofeastanglia. The Office for Students have launched a review of ‘inclusive’ practice in assessment in higher education. Details are scant at…

  • Teacher Assessed Grades: how the process worked in a large secondary school

    19 July 2021 by Neil Renton

    This blog was kindly contributed by Neil Renton, Headteacher of Harrogate Grammar School, Red Kite Learning Trust and an Association of School and College Leaders member. We have all stood outside the examination hall talking about what we hoped would be in the exam and discussing what we had revised.…

  • Universities need creative solutions to make digital learning more social (COVID-19)

    17 July 2021 by Monika Nangia

    This blog was kindly contributed by Dr Monika Nangia, Director of Student and Academic Services at SOAS, University of London. When designing digital strategies, universities must recognise the importance of enabling social connections among learners. Universities can go some way to achieving this by investing in building innovative and new…